Friday, 15 May 2015

TRAVEL SOUTHERN AFRICA │LUXURY RIVER BOAT │SAFARI CRUISE

The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it's a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African.  There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa's raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia's Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11,000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. Along with the elephants, prides of leopard and lion, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life.
River Cruise

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY SAFARI part 2

In part 11, we will take you to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Part one can be viewed under Travel South Africa under the heading THE ULTIMATE LUXURY SAFARI part 1.
(recap last paragraph of part 1) 
In recent years, Singita’s signature has extended beyond South African borders to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Singita Grumeti Reserves is located in northern Tanzania, on the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park – Africa’s No. 1 World Heritage Site. Singita’s most recent addition is Pamushana Lodge in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe, where – along with the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund – Singita is supporting an ambitious relocation initiative of the endangered black rhino.
SASAKWA LODGE (Tanzania)
SASAKWA LODGE (Tanzania)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SOUTH AFRICA'S MASTERS IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE part 2


Paragon Architects had a hand in delivering the Cape Town Stadium on time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer - Several firms were contracted to the project, with Paragon Architects focusing mainly on the design of the roof as part of POINT Architects and Urban Designers. Here is a look at some of Paragon's other projects...

Located at the western edge of the bustling Sandton Central area, the glass and aluminium towers of 15 Alice Lane rise as statuesque architectural statements on the skyline of Johannesburg’s north-western suburbs. This 24,000 square metre double tower structure is the new office space of well-known legal firm Deneys Reitz. Set atop a six-storey basement the two towers rise 17 storeys into the Johannesburg sky.

15 Alice Lane Towers – Sandton


RENOWNED SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST DIANE VICTOR

© Fall-out Man Diane Victor
Diane Victor is an artist of uncompromising directness but with a strange quietness in her nature who tackles pressing issues - personal and social violence to racial anxiety, corruption, gender inequality, economic exploitation and social commentary 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

AFRICAN DECOR AND FURNITURE (part 2)

TRAVEL AFRICA ON A LUXURY TRAIN

Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world.  Rovos Rail’s unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. These beautifully rebuilt trains offer accommodation of the highest standard combining the opulence of a bygoneera with subtle modern innovations.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY SAFARI part 1

Singita voted best hotel in the world over 15 times by the most prestigious international travel publications and reader surveys. Launched a completely exclusive, true ‘mobile’ camp, Singita Explore is a unique, modern safari experience unlike any other. Singita Explore puts the adventure back into ‘going on safari’, offering a journey of exploration on an exclusive-use basis for between 2 and 12 guests only. For more information on the mobile safaris see The Ultimate Luxury Safari part 2 in Travel East Africa on this blog under categories. Now continue here on Luxury Safaris in South Africa by selecting read more under this image....

© Singita Explorer Safari Camp

Monday, 27 April 2015

TRAVEL SOUTH AFRICA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Kruger Park’s size is 7,523 sq miles (19,485 (km²). Home to a variety of wild life including the big five: Elephant approximately 13,750 - Lion an estimated 1,750 - 1000 Leopards and 37,130 Buffalo. Unfortunately, the last recorded count for Black Rhino in Kruger was only 590, and this was before 2011, when a record 450 rhinos were slaughtered by poachers in all of South Africa. Thus, Kruger’s Rhino count must have dropped significantly since then. All of this can be attributed to inhabitants of countries like Vietnam, the end users, naively believing the horns have medicinal benefits. It is time that these little men “man up” on their own account and stop believing killing innocent animals will do the trick.

© Noleen Kutash - Mother and Child Rhino

SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST BELOVED PHOTOGRAPHER OBIE OBERHOLZER

“Few SA artists can productively be called raconteurs, as in a skilful teller of anecdotes. Most are simply too glum – solemn, too – when spinning yarns around their work. If only more artists, in particular photographers, could be like Obie Oberholzer.”
Sean O’Toole, Financial Mail
© Obie Oberholzer Diesel And Dust
“I love to travel and look – to look at people and places and things. To journey somewhere, to watch big things get smaller, mingle, change hue and disappear. To look so far that it hurts . . . and smell Africa.  There’s freedom in not knowing quite where you’re going – I mean, what’s another 100 kilometers if you’re making your way towards Swartwitpensbokfonteinberg?”

Saturday, 25 April 2015

KIDS ROOM FURNITURE AND DECOR

Kids' Room Decor │ Wire Art Zebra │ Kids Furniture and Decor

Phases Africa Furniture & Decor PTY ltd, has launched a brand new category Kids' Furniture and Decor. Our collection of children’s room rugs, animal objects and kids' room seating for all ages is just a taste of more to come.

CARVED WOOD ART BY AWARD WINNER


Hand-carved Wood Bowl Red Ivory 
Order No: 1301
Size: 250 W x 170 H mm  http://phasesafrica.com


Thursday, 23 April 2015

HANDMADE AREA RUGS

HANDMADE AREA RUG http://phasesafrica.com
Phases Africa proudly presents a brand new collection of handmade area rugs. These 100% plush wool rugs created by master weavers are trained to allow for personal development and the growth of empowered communities in Southern Africa.
The wool used is sourced responsibly from adult Karakul Sheep and is meticulously selected to ensure the highest quality grade.  After blending the wool, seamlessly it is then spun and woven resulting in the emerging of supreme quality hand-woven area rugs.
Size: 200 x 300 cm - contact us for custom sizes.